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will the jurors make of all this? let's go live it investigative journalist diane diamond and martin savidge outside the courtroom? sanford, florida. we'rie going to continue keep a eye on the courtroom. was it a strategy by the state to put a witness on the stand who bolsters the defense's argument? >> well, i don't think that they wanted that to happen but i think that's what did happen. look, when you're in a courtroom, you kind of know what the other side is going to do, so i'm sure the prosecutor knew if i don't call john good, they're going to call john good so i might as well do it myself and get out in front of it. the problem is whether you compare john good to other witnesses that we've heard this week, this is the end of the first week, the girl friend rachel, for example, compare their demeanor and it's all about who the jury believes and who they think is trustworthy. when i watched john good testify today, he wasn't on either side. he wasn't on trayvon martin's side and he wasn't on george zimmerman's side but what he said i thought was much more compelling for the defense case
.j. simpson in his murder trial. i want to begin with cnn's martin savidge, live for us in sanford, florida. martin, another day, another gripping series of witnesses, t happened today. >> a lot of forensics, piers. experts and evidence. much of the afternoon talking about dna, specifically whose dna was found where or not found. and the focus became on the gun. the gun that george zimmerman used to shoot 17-year-old trayvon martin. george zimmerman said at one point trayvon was, he believed, reaching for his gun and may have got a hand on it. what did the dna testing find? take a listen. >> the dna that you developed in the pistol grip of the defendant's gun is positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture. that matched the defendant george zimmerman and you were able toex cloud trayvon martin martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes, trayvon martin was excluded as possible contributor to the mixture on the grip. >> simply put it, it means trayvon martin's dna was not found on the gun and that could of course hurt the defense. piers? >> we sor
before trayvon martin's life ended. will the jury believe him? >> we go straight to martin savidge with all the information from the george zimmerman trial. we heard everything coming straight out of george zimmerman's mouth, in what was almost realtime interviews. >> it was. yeah, it was a pretty fascinating day. we got to hear from an audio expert. we got to hear from george zimmerman himself. he never took the stand. >> for the first time, jurors hear george zimmerman's version, what happened the night trayvon martin died, in a tanked police interview. >> i was walking back through to where my car was, and he jumped out from the bushes. and he said what the [ bleep ] is your problem? he just started punching me in the face. and i started screaming for help. i couldn't see, i couldn't breathe. i thought he was going for my firearm. i grabbed it immediately, as he banged my head again, i pulled out my firearm and shot him. >> another dramatic moment, dora singleton's testimony when he learned martin was dead. >> he said, he's dead? and i said, i thought you knew that. i thought yo
foreencic scientist. but first, martin savidge sets the stage. >> reporter: prosecutors switched from using george zimmerman's friends against him to using his injuries. >> the injuries to the defendant's back of the head consistent with repeatedly being slammed into a concrete surface. >> no. >> reporter: a medical examiner testified that zimmerman's wounds were not life threatening. the key reason zimmerman is given for shooting trayvon martin. >> how would you classify the injuries to the defendant's head? >> they were not life threatening. they were very insignificant. they did not require any sutures to be applied to mr. zimmerman. so i would refer to them insignificant injuries. >> reporter: on cross-examination, the defense attorney mark o'mara implied valerie rao owed her job to the special prosecutor in the zimmerman case. and then walked her back from some of her findings. >> it's your position that it's consistent that george zimmerman may have only received as little as three -- did you call -- what term did you -- smasher? >> sorry? >> slamming. three slammings into cement, cor
to weigh-in on who had a better day in court. first cnn's martin savidge wraps up the day's testimony. >> reporter: doris singleton was the first to interview zimmerman the night he shot trayvon martin, and said he seemed surprised to learn the teen had died. >> yes, at some point, i had said that we weren't able to identify the victim. and he said, well, what do you mean you haven't been able to identify him? >> i said, we don't know who he is. and he said, he's dead? and i said, i thought you knew that. i thought you knew he was dead. and he kind of slung his head and shook it. >> in a recording of that interview, zimmerman again repeats the line prosecutors say went to his state of mind. >> there were a few times where i've seen a suspicious person in the neighborhood. we call the police, the nonemergency line, and these guys always get away. >> the state contends zimmerman instantly profiled martin that night. pointing to his written statement, in which zimmerman repeatedly described martin as the suspect. and prosecutors attempted to show how zimmerman's account changed. changed
. >>> beginning with martin savidge outside the court live in sanford, florida. martin, another day, another gripping day of what could be vital testimony, the gun, the dna and so on. tell me about what happened today. >> yeah, a lot of forensics, piers. experts and evidence. much of the afternoon talking about dna, specifically whose dna was found where or not found. and the focus became upon the gun. the gun that george zimmerman used to shoot 17-year-old trayvon martin. zimmerman said at one point trayvon was reaching for his gun and my have got a hand on it. so what did the dna testing find? take a listen. >> the dna you got from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun is positive for gooblood, correct? >> yes. >> and the major matched the defendant, george zimmerman? >> yes. >> and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes, trayvon martin was excluded as being a possible contributor to this mixture on the grip. >> simply put, it means trayvon martin's dna was not found on that gun, and that could, of course, hurt the defense. piers?
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have told me, sir, and told me to call him back or he'll call me back, sir. >> martin savidge is outside the courthouse. martin, a rather dramatic change in the way that she conducted herself today. >> reporter: oh, yeah, absolutely, piers. that's what everybody nope 'tissed, she dressed slightly different but she had been advised. she sounded that way, too, with of course, the yes, sir. unfortunately, just as you point out, the more she said yes, sir, it got a sharper and sharper edge to it. the defense worked very hard to try to disappoint semible her account. john west wanted to show she gave testimony prior to getting on the stand that was different from on the stand. just as you played that tense showdown, there were a number of them where they went toe to toe. she's 19 and he's a veteran defense expert and she held her ground on serious issues she stood firm. the question is will the jury believe her account? >> let's take a look at her da meaner. let's look. >> you didn't have information from the news this was racially charged. >> no, i don't watch the news. >> okay. a
done and what the defense will do when it gets underway but we get underway with martin savidge. >> reporter: the hooded sweatshirt trayvon martin wore the night he was kill sd a key piece of evidence. the state expert found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on that sweatshirt, not near the coughs or the fists and no dna found under martin's fingernails. on the gun, which acore cording to zimmerman reached and touched. >> the swab from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture, the major matched the defendant george zimmerman? >> yes. >> and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, correct? >> yes, trayvon martin was excluded from being a possible mixture. >> reporter: the hoodie was tested saying zimmerman's gun was actually touching the fabric when he fired the fatal shot. >> what did you find distance-wise when you conducted the test with the sweatshirt. >> it is consistent with a contact shot. >> so again, evidence saying that the end of the gun was against the material wh
. here is martin savidge with highlights. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw, the person you know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was raining blows on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et, martin a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> okay. how about the color of clothing on the bottom. >> i believe it was white or red color. >> reporter: that's not all good says she saw. he witnessed physical blows being thrown and mix the marshall arts. >> what you saw was the person on top in an mma style straddle position, correct? >> correct. >> that was further described, was it not, as being ground and pound? >> correct. >> reporter: good also testified about one more key question, that voice screaming for help in the darkness he believes be
. martin savidge starts us off. >> reporter: though the symbol to many, the hooded sweatshirt trayvon martin wore the night he was killed is also a key piece of evidence. the state expert said he found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on that sweatshirt, not each on the sleeves or cuffs nearest to the fist the defendant says trayvon martin was hitting him with. and no zimmerman dna was found on martin's fingernails. what about martin's dna, was it found on the gun which by one zimmerman account, the teen actually reached for and touched. >> a swab or the dna that you developed from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun, it was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture, the major was matched to the defendant, george zimmerman? >> yes. >> and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes. trayvon martin was excluded as being a possible contributor to this mixture on the grip. >> reporter: the hoody was also tested by a firearms expert who said zimmerman's gun was actually touching the fabric when he fired
in the george zimmerman murder trial. cnn's martin savidge is in sanford. prosecutors say they will use zimmerman's own words to prove he murdered trayvon martin. explain that for us. >> that will be very interesting to watch. they have not told us everything as to how this case is going do move forward, the prosecution, i'm talking about. what we take from that statement is there were a number of statements that george zimmerman gave to authorities and one of them includes that reenactment which was done the very next day. that's on videotape. then there were a number of interrogation sessions the sanford police did with george zimmerman over a series of days. what they have found and this is already known, there's some discrepancies. the way he tells the story one time is not exactly how he tells the story the next time. there are problems with the timeline and problems with where he actually was and some of the description he gives. that's why authorities say they hope they will be able to demonstrate, prove that he has real problems with this self-defense argument he has put forward
rests. another big day in a trial that's had nothing but big days so far. martin savidge is in the courtroom and starts us off. >> though a symbol to many, the hood sweat shart that trayvon martin wore the night he was killed is a key piece of evidence. the state expert said he found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on the sweatshirt. not even on the sleeves or cuffs, nearest to the fit fists that the defendant says martin was hitting him with and no dna under his fingernails and what about martin's dna? was it found on the gun which by one zimmerman account the teen actually reached for and touch. >> swab you developed from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> there was a mixture. the major matched the defendant george zimmerman and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes, trayvon martin was excluded as being a possible contributor to the mixture on the grip. >> the hoodie was tested by a firearms expert said the hoodie was touching it. >> what did you find when you
's death to some language we can't repeat here. martin savidge has the latest. a dramatic day in court today. >> reporter: an incredible day. this was a witness everyone had been waiting to see, highly anticipated is not leveling enough. this young lady as you pointed out, was on the phone with martin at the time he crossed paths with zimmerman. it's the critical moment and she has the answers, at least from the state's perspective, as to what really went on. a number of things she brought out and this is all for the prosecution. she says on the phone with trayvon, trayvon says i'm being followed. this is at the time george zimmerman identified trayvon martin in the neighborhood. then later she says she can hear over the telephone someone confronting trayvon martin, and she says it's george zimmerman. so already, we're seeing a change here. and then on top of that later, she hears trayvon saying get off, get off, well, that would imply that george zimmerman is now the aggressor and on top or at least trying to get on top of the young teenager. so, this would all fly directly in the fac
? >> not significantly, no. >> you think he was telling the truth? >> yes. >> martin savidge, cnn, sanford, florida. >> martin's going to join us in a little bit to talk about what went on in the courtroom today. joining me is senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin, and sunny hostin. on the defense side, danny savalos and mark geragos. all four of you, i want to throw this question out to all four of you, do any of you believe that the prosecution had a particularly good day today? does anybody believe that the prosecution is as a step closer to proving their case? anderson, could i -- i have a theory about this. i think that was has happened here, this is -- and, jeff, i have no evidence of this, so i'll say that as a disclaimer, when the police did not arrest him, they found him to be credible, they thought that they weren't going to file. i think that what has happened here, is that when the state's attorney filed this case, they feel like the police were thrown under the bus. and i think the police are now engaging in payback, and when those questions that o'meara asked to get those answers out of
. >> you think he was telling the truth? >> yes. >> martin savidge, cnn, sanford, florida. >> martin's going to join us in a little bit to talk about what went on in the courtroom today. joining me is senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin, and sunny hostin. on the defense side, danny savalos and mark geragos. all four of you, i want to throw this question out to all four of you, do any of you believe that the prosecution had a particularly good day today? does anybody believe that the prosecution is as a step closer to proving their case? anderson, could i -- i have a theory about this. i think that was has happened here, this is -- and, jeff, i have no evidence of this, so i'll say that as a disclaimer, when the police did not arrest him, they found him to be credible, they thought that they weren't going to file. i think that what has happened here, is that when the state's attorney filed this case, they feel like the police were thrown under the bus. and i think the police are now engaging in payback, and when those questions that o'meara asked to get those answers out of the office
underway but we get underway with martin savidge. >> reporter: the hooded sweatshirt trayvon martin wore the night he was kill sd a key piece of evidence. the state expert found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on that sweatshirt, not near the coughs or the fists and no dna found under martin's fingernails. on the gun, which acore cording to zimmerman reached and touched. >> the swab from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture, the major matched the defendant george simmzimmerman? >> yes. >> and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, correct? >> yes, trayvon martin was excluded from being a possible mixture. >> reporter: the hoodie was tested saying zimmerman's gun was actually touching the fabric when he fired the fatal shot. >> what did you find distance-wise when you conducted the test with the sweatshirt. >> it is consistent with a contact shot. >> so again, evidence saying that the end of the gun was against the material when it was fired? >> yes. >> the prosecution also poi
savidge. >> reporter: though a symbol to many, the hooded sweat shirt trayvon martin wore the night he was killed is also a key piece of evidence. the state expert said he found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on that sweatshirt, not even on the sleeves or cuffs nearest to the fists the defense says trayvon martin was hitting him with. and no zimmerman dna was found under martin's fingernails. and was trayvon martin's dna found on the gun? >> a swab or dna that you developed from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun, it was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture, the major was matched to the defendant, george zimmerman. >> yes. >> and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes. trayvon martin was excluded to being a possible contributor to this mixture on the grip. >> reporter: the hoody was also tested who said zimmerman's gun was actually touching the fabric when he fired the fatal shot. >> what did you find distance wise when you conducted the test with this sweatshirt? >> this as well was cons
with martin savidge. >> and sanford police officer doris singleton was the first to interview zimmerman the night he shot trayvon martin and said he seemed surprised to learn the teen had died. >> yes, at some point, i had said that we weren't able to identify the victim. and he said, well, what do you mean you haven't been able to identify him? i said we don't know who he is. and he said, he's dead? and i said, i thought you knew that. i thought you knew he was dead. and he kind of slung his head and just shook it. >> in a recording in that interview, zimmerman again repetitious the line prosecutors say went his state of mind. >> there's been a few times where i've seen a suspicious person in the neighborhood. we call the police a nonemergency line and these guys always get away. >> the state could be tends zimmerman instantly profiled martin that night pointing to his written statement in which he repeatedly described martin as the suspect. and prosecutors attempted to show how zimmerman's account changed with each retelling. in his first interview, he said martin attacked him after j
they got to go off for the weekend. >> fascinating. martin savidge live in sanford, florida, this morning. thank you. >>> cnn will continue to follow the trial. it's expected to resume at 9:00 a.m. eastern on monday. make sure to watch cnn "newsroom" with me, carol costello. i'll be there. >>> same-sex couples are marrying in california this weekend. a big change from where the country was back in the 1980s when greg louganis came out. now he has a whole lot of celebrating to do. he and his partner join us live next. >>> same-sex marriage supporters around the country are celebrating two big decisions this week by the u.s. supreme court. but those cheers were, well, especially loud in one particular state. >> that was in california where on friday the ninth circuit court lifted a stay clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume. the first couple to marry were the plaintiffs in the prop 8 case, chris perry and sandy steer. >> and you kno who else is celebrating? oh, we do. these two guys. four time olympic champion greg louganis and his partner johnny chaillot. >> it's chaillot. >> w
got to hear zimmerman's story in his own words earlier on monday. martin savidge has more onthat. >> so help you god? >> yes, ma'am, i do. >> reporter: sanford police officer doris singleton was the first into the view george zimmerman the night he shot trayvon martin and said he seemed surprised to learn the teen had died. >> yes, at some point i had said that we weren't able to identify the victim. and he said, what do you mean you haven't been able to identify him? i said, well, we don't know who he is. and he said, he's dead? and i said, i thought you knew that. i thought you knew he was dead. and he kind of slung his head and just shook. >> in a recording of that interview zimmerman again repeats the line prosecutors say went to his state of mind. >> there's been a few times where i've seen a suspicious person in the neighborhood. we call the police, the non-emergency line, and these guys always get away. >> reporter: the state contends zimmerman instantly profiled martin that night, pointing to his written statement in which zimmerman repeatedly described martin as "the sus
of teenager trayvon martin was second degree murder. but as cnn's martin savidge reports now, at least a few of those witnesses seemed to bolster zimmerman's claim that he shot -- he shot in self-defense. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw, the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: good lives in the subdivision where the shooting took place. he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and black jacket. martin a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> how about the color of clothing on the bottom? >> i believe it was a light white or red color. >> reporter: but that's not all good says he saw. he witnessed physical blows being thrown and then a style mixed martial arts. >> what you saw the person on top in
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from zimmerman. he talked about his death to some language we can't repeat here. cnn's martin savidge has all of the latest. a dramatic day in court today. >> it was an incredible day. this was a witness that everyone had been waiting to see. highly anticipated is not leveling it up enough. the young woman that you pointed out was on the phone with him. it's the critical moment. she has the answers of what went on. she says. >> she can hear one confronting trayvon martin and she says it's george zimmerman. so already we're seeing a change here. and then on tom-to-op that later she haerz trayvon saying get off. that would imply that george zimmerman is on top or at least trying to get on top of the young teenager. so this would all fly directly in the face of self-defense, that george zimmerman has been proclaiming. however this young witness has a lot of credibility issues and that's of course what the defense was going after saying her testimony has changed over time and she has admitted to lying in this case. pier piers? >> she had a strange demeanor, irritated in parts, very annoye
, yes. >> cnn's martin savidge is here with me in sanford, florida. he's been reporting live on this trial from the very beginning, in fact, since the entire case began. so let's talk about that moment and whether in cross-examination george zimmerman's attorney was able to clean up some of that damage. >> reporter: yeah, you're right, ashleigh. nice to see you, by the way. a huge moment in court. and it really was looking bad for the defense, because, after all, this is really the crux of what they've been saying, that george zimmerman, having his head by trayvon martin, beaten repeated into the ground, felt he was going to die. and as a result of that, reached for his weapon and eventually shot and killed trayvon martin. so listening to the medical examiner describe things as she did, it sounded bad. but then, mark o'mara begins the cross-examination, and as he has done so many times with other prosecution witnesses, begins to turn the testimony. listen. >> it's your position that it's consistent that george zimmerman may have received as little as three -- did you call --
fascinating. >> could be fascinating. martin savidge thank you very much. terrific job on a dramatic court case. >>> joining me to break down the twists and turns in this case so far, welcome to you both. it's very, very difficult to assess this case, despite everybody's efforts to say it's not about race without bringing the race element into it, isn't it? >> oh, absolutely. this case is shot through with race from the very beginning. we saw the way the police responded to the killing of trayvon martin. we saw their failure to investigate, the slow investigation, the fact they tested trayvon and not zimmerman for toxins on the body. this is a racial utilized conversation and since the trial started. it's only gotten worse. when rachel took the stand, when the term cracker comes up, that become as racial conversation. i mean, it's unimaginable that trial isn't about race. the question is can the jurors make an objective determination not from a place where race doesn't exist but hold it at arm's length and make a fair judgement. >> we heard george zimmerman in his own words use phrases lik
hearing. >> martin savidge, another gripping day in court. thank you very much indeed. i'll bring in natalee jackson, she's an attorney for trayvon martin's family. natalee, welcome back to the show. >> thanks for having me. >> fascinating day and really about this young lady rachel. you know her better than i do and most people. tell me about her. what kind of woman is she? >> well, actually, i've only met her once but i'll tell you this is a person that did not want to testify. she didn't want to talk to sybrina fulton about this case, and she certainly didn't want to talk to police officers about this case. i think we have to put her into context, piers. she's 19 years old. she heard her friend die. she heard the last moments of her friend's life and didn't find out about it until later that he died from that phone conversation. since then, this is a national spotlight case, so everyone in the world is criticizing her testimony that's been all over the internet, her interview, the way she speaks, the way they thought she looked because they thought she was someone else. it not
. fredricka. >> martin savidge, we're going to talk more about this case but from a different point of view. alicia stanley helped raise trayvon martin from the age of 3, she says, until she and trayvon's father split up 14 years later. she gave this exclusive interview to cnn's "ac 360." >> i want people to know that trayvon was a kind person. he was a loving person. he loved children, babies. you know, before this happened i really believe he had been working with children because he adored children. and just let people know that he's not what the media make him out to be. like he was this thug. he wasn't that. >> are you watching the trial? >> i am not watching the trial. my -- >> why? >> it's hard for me. i mean, to see and hear the things that led to his death, it's hard for me. and i don't care to hear it -- i don't care to hear that. i don't. >> do you have any doubt about what happened? >> i have no doubt that he didn't start that fight. he didn't start the fight. what i'm saying is that he did -- it was a fight. there's no doubt it was a fight, and zimmerman had to put his hands on
's lead investigator to say he believed zimmerman told him the truth. martin savidge, cnn, florida. >> we're going to speak with mark o'mara later on in the program, as well as a attorney for trayvon martin's family. as always, we have the best legal team around and a forensic scientist here. and former federal prosecutor sunny hostin, jeffrey toobin. danny savalos and mark geragos are all here. we heard from the medical examiner, saying that zimmerman's wounds were not significant. do you agree? >> i don't. first of all, you can bet on the fact that the defense will have a medical examiner that will contradict everything that we heard today. yes, these wounds appear to be superficial. that does not mean that george zimmerman was not in fear for his life. and further more, although wounds can appear to be superficial, there can be a great deal of serious, underlying trauma. for example, subdural hematoma can result in death. >> so somebody can have their head slammed and have just that little laceration? >> yes. >> zimmerman said several times he was slammed repeatedly. i want to listen t
're cueing up some pictures or video on the laptop over there. martin savidge has been watching what's been going on. it's been a pretty dramatic day. i want to get to you in a moment. let's listen to what they're talking about. >> actually, it will be a few minutes before i need this. good afternoon, ma'am. >> hi. >> i'm going to focus, again, he was a patient of yours for a while before the event where he came to you on february 27th, correct? >> correct. >> but just to start with the last question first, he did not have any back pain caused by back injury before this event, correct? >> no. >> the back injury was actually internal, concern that showed itself as a back pain? >> correct. we believe it was likely related to the constipation. >> so when he came to you of the 27th, that was the first time he had ever complained of back pain? >> yes, this was unrelated. >> okay. let's focus, then, on that night. >> okay. >> the day -- make sure i do this right so give me a moment. >> this -- oh, yes, thank you very much, your honor. is this close to how he presented to you that day? >> from wha
him, sir. >> let's go live now to martin savidge, who is outside the courtroom. the defense clearly wanted to paint this as someone who cannot be trusted. do you think it worked? and how were the jurors reacting to her testimony? >> a lot of times it looked like you had a clash of cultures, a generation divide taking place and then it seemed that there was a test of wills going on between don west and of course the young lady on the stand. they were able to not poke holes in her story, they were questioning essentially things that she had said in previous testimony before she took the stand and what she is now saying. but for the most part, on the stand she was strong. she stood by what she has said and that's essentially that she heard george zimmerman sounding like the aggressor. she said she heard the phone bump and then she heard that famous wet grass line, insinuating there was some sort of fight and she maintains that george zimmerman was on top because what she said is trayvon is saying "get off, get off." those are very powerful for the prosecution. as far as how the jury to
tonight from martin savidge. >> reporter: round two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in previous accounts including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her, if you said that her son described the man that was following him in a car on the phone -- >> i didn't think. >> was a creepy ass cracker. >> i did not think that was important. >> not important enough to put in the letter. >> no. >> and not important enough to tell
. martin savidge is live for us in sanford where the jurors are getting the weekend off and they are sequestered, right, marty? >> that's correct, yeah, they would not be listening to any of what you and i are discussing. >> let's hope not. while these were the prosecution witnesses, many argued they seemed to help the defense. >> yeah, they did. there was one in particular, jonathan good and it's ironic because jonathan is, was, called by the state. the prosecution, but as it turns out, what he had to say really seemed the benefit the defense and he had a to say because he is really the first true eyewitness. he lives in the complex where this altercation took place, where trayvon martin was killed and he was in, within about 15 to 20 feet of the struggle that took place. he was able to identify who was on top and who was on the bottom. he was able to eventually identify who was screaming for help. and then he describes the kind of beating that he says was being delivered by trayvon martin against george zimmerman. listen to this. >> what you saw was the person on top i
's fate. martin savidge outside the courthouse in sanford, florida, now. you've been there all week. what is the defining moment? do you think there was a defining moment going on to jurors? >> reporter: i thought about that question a lot. i don't know if i could say there is a defining moment. there have been defining moments. we had the testimony that came from rachel jaentil. they heard what she was saying trayvon martin was seeing and going through. there were others who thought the testimony begin on friday, jonathan goode, that he was a key witness, eyewitness 15 to 20 feet away from the struggle these two were having, the teenager and george zimmerman. he gave a remarkable account. there is more yet to come in what could be some dramatic testimony, including perhaps the parents of trayvon martin taking the stand and the question everybody wants to know is will george zimmerman take the stand? i think he would like to. i think his attorneys would say, well, wait a minute here. there is a strategy and reason why we might not want you to take the stand. week one turned out to have a
with the thumping that zimmerman described. >> let's go live to cnn's martin savidge who is insanford outside the courthouse. i believe the court has adjourned for today. what are we expecting for tomorrow if. >> they had to basically stop doing testimony today because one of the witnesses the prosecution wants to bring is a former professor for george zimmerman for a local community department, literally right next door to the justice system and we know george zimmerman was taking courses pertaining to criminal justice. as a result the prosecution wants to hear from this professor exactly what was it that george was learning and is it possible some of what he learned he may have been able to use to his advantage, especially when being interrogated by authorities? that issue is still being worked out because apparently that professor is on some trip where he's sporadically in and out of touch. and i would expect to hear from the medical person who conducted the autopsy on trayvon martin's body. we want to hear from the medical examiner because clearly the body of that young man is going to ha
that was there when he was sick. >> we'll hear more from her shortly. first, martin savidge. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: good lives in the subdivision where the shooting took place. he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et. market, a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top what did you see? >> it was dark. >> the color of clothing on the bottom? >> it was a light white or red color. >> reporter: he witnessed physical blows being thrown and then mixed martial arts. >> what you saw was the person on top in an mma straddle style position, correct? >> correct. >> that was further described as being ground and pound? >> correct. >> reporter: good also testified about one more key que
savidge. >> reporter: her name is rachel jentel and she's the girl trayvon martin was talking to on the phone the night he and george zimmerman crossed paths. on the witness stand trayvon told her he was being followed. >> he said he looked like a creepy [ bleep ] cracker. >> reporter: he shaerd zimmerman approach and confront martin. >> i said trayvon? and then he said why are you following me for? and then i heard a hard breathe man come and say what you doing around here? >> reporter: moments later she said she heard a struggle and describings zimmerman as the attacker. >> i kind of heard trayvon saying get off, get off. >> then what did you hear? >> then suddenly the phone hung up. >> reporter: her testimony flies in the face of zimmerman's claim of self-defense which is why her cross examination was crucial. >> good afternoon jeantel. >> reporter: they went after her credibility, specifically a claim with authorities why she didn't go to trayvon's funeral. she originally said she was in the hospital but that was a lie. >> you have to understand what m trying to tell you,
not hear it, now is the time to turn down the volume. details from martin savidge. >> reporter: her name is rachel jentel and she's the girl trayvon martin was talking to on the phone the night he and george zimmerman crossed paths. on the witness stand trayvon told her he was being followed. >> he said he looked like a creepy [ bleep ] cracker. >> reporter: he shaerd zimmerman approach and confront martin. >> i said trayvon? and then he said why are you following me for? and then i heard a hard breathe man come and say what you doing around here? >> reporter: moments later she said she heard a struggle and describes zimmerman as the attacker. >> i kind of heard trayvon saying get off, get off. >> then what did you hear? >> then suddenly the phone hung up. >> reporter: her testimony flies in the face of zimmerman's claim of self-defense which is why her cross examination was crucial. >> good afternoon jeantel. >> reporter: they went after her credibility, specifically a claim with authorities why she didn't go to trayvon's funeral. she originally said she was in the hospital but that was
and drive it into george zimmerman's face? >> please lower your voice. >> do you? >> no, sir. >> martin savidge is outfront at the courthouse in sanford, florida. you heard zimmerman's lawyer trying to get the door to open about trayvon martin being the aggressor. >> i think he did a good job there. he did two things there. number one, he got her to admit that, well, maybe she didn't know as confidently as she thought she did the chain of events. the other thing s. he also interjected there the defense's narration, in other words, it was trayvon martin who was the aggressor here, he was the one who socked him in the face right away and don west did that in one swipe. unfortunately, it took him about five hours, as you point out, to reach that moment and there were a lot of times where it didn't appear the defense was on top of its game when it came to cross-examining her. and remember, she's 19 years old. he's a veteran defense attorney. so her story suffered blows but it didn't completely collapse. >> and i know there was some sympathy for her on social media today as well, maybe becau
101. >>mark: georgia zimmerman trial is on its third day. cnn's martin savidge has the highlights of her testimony had on the case. she is the girl for a bond market was talking to on the phone of the night pam and george zimmerman crossed paths. --trayvon martin. she says over the phone and she heard a zimmerman approach and confront martin. moments later, she says she heard a struggle and describes zimmerman as the attacker. suddenly, the phone hong up. her cross-examination was crucial. defense attorney don west wet after her credibility specifically acclaim fishing it what door is about why she did not go to his funeral. she originally said it was because she was in the hospital. but that was a lie. the defense also focused on inconsistencies between what she said in her early deposition and what she said on the stand. the longer she was questioned, the more agitated she appeared. even defiant. like when she was told she had to return the other day create until then, is hard to say how much of the state's star witness actually helps or hurts their case. >>mark: we will return
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